Another facepalm moment for law firm Stobbs IP.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing the registrant of the domain name collusion.so after he received a threat letter from U.K. clothing company Asos.
The registrant bought the domain name after Rudy Guliani tweeted “#REALNEWS: Woodward says no evidence of collusion.So does Manafort’s team.”
Because Guliani omitted a space, twitter viewed collusion.so as a domain name and linked to it. .So is the country code for Somalia.
The domain registrant forwarded the domain to a site about possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia.
Asos launched a clothing line called Collusion late last year. Apparently, it thinks it now owns the word. It sent a cease & desist letter claiming that the owner of Collusion.so is cybersquatting.
I see lots of cease & desist letters fired off based on automated triggers without much human thought. This appears to be one of those. (At least I hope that’s the case.)
Asos is represented by Stobbs IP, a UK law firm that has the dubious honor of being on the wrong end of two reverse domain name hijacking decisions in a single day.